European Factors to Watch-Shares seen opening higher

jueves 17 de septiembre de 2015 01:27 GYT
 

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - European stocks were seen opening higher on
Thursday, buoyed by firmer Asian and U.S. equity markets, although many
investors were expected to refrain from buying big positions in the run-up to
the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision on whether or not to raise interest rates.
    Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by
29-33 points, or 0.5 percent higher. Germany's DAX was seen opening up
by 43-47 points, or 0.4-0.5 percent higher, while France's CAC 40 was
also expected to open up by 15 points, or 0.3-0.4 percent higher.
    Asian stocks edged up to a three-week high on Thursday while the dollar
drifted lower against other currencies as investors consolidated positions
before the Fed's policy decision.
    Having weighed the U.S. economy's steady march toward full employment
against the backdrop of weak inflation and wage growth and turbulence overseas,
the U.S. central bank will issue its latest rate decision at the end of a
two-day policy meeting. The Fed's decision is due at 1800 GMT. 
    A rate hike would be the first in the United States since 2006. Fed
watchers, however, see the outcome as a toss-up, with Yellen's consistently
stated desire to see workers reap more benefits from the recovery, coupled with
weak price rises and a variety of global risks, looming large.    
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 MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0522 GMT                                          
                                                     LAST    PCT CHG  NET CHG
 S&P 500                                         1,995.31     0.87 %    17.22
 NIKKEI                                         18,419.44     1.36 %   247.84
                                                                             
 EUR/USD                                           1.1289        0 %   0.0000
 USD/JPY                                           120.76     0.17 %   0.2100
 10-YR US TSY                                       2.285         --    -0.02
 YLD                                                                  
 10-YR BUND YLD                                     0.779         --     0.00
 SPOT GOLD                                      $1,119.68     0.05 %    $0.53
 US CRUDE                                          $47.19     0.08 %     0.04
 
  > US STOCKS-Energy stocks lift Wall St on eve of Fed rate decision 
  > Nikkei rises to more than 1-week high; oil shares outperform 
  > TREASURIES-Yields edge higher on Bund yield jump, Fed uncertainty 
  > FOREX-Dollar under pressure as tame inflation tempers Fed rate hike bets
 
  > PRECIOUS-Gold retains sharp gains ahead of Fed rate decision 
  > METALS-Copper strikes 8 week top after Chile quake 
  > Oil prices stable after US stockdraw, but weak Japan data weighs 
    

 (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)